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January 2019

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Discover Jazz — Carnival to Mardi Gras: A New Orleans Tradition

January 23 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
Deborah Demoss Smith

Carnival is a season; Mardi Gras is a day. Join former New Orleanian Deborah DeMoss Smith in celebrating this 300-year Crescent City tradition. From masking, krewes, balls, parades, throws, flambeaux carriers, the iconic Mardi Gras Indians and classic holiday tunes, get to know the story of Carnival and Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

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February 2019

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Bobby Torres Trio — FREE

February 20 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Jupiter NEXT, 900 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Bobby Torres
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John Stowell Solo — FREE

February 20 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Inn at Northrup Station, 2025 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209 United States
John Stowell
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$10

Ron Steen Trio featuring Shelly Rudolph & Tom Grant

February 20 | 7:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Ron Steen
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$22 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival and Soul’d Out Productions present Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

February 20 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Christian Scott

Two-time Edison Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah—trumpeter, composer, producer, and designer of innovative instruments and interactive media—released in 2017 three albums to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the very first jazz recordings. Collectively titled The Centennial Trilogy, the series is at its core a sobering re-evaluation of the social and political realities of the world through sound. It speaks to a litany of issues that continue to plague our collective experiences: slavery in America via the prison–industrial complex, food insecurity, xenophobia, immigration, climate change, sexual orientation, gender equality, fascism, and the return of the demagogue. The first release in the trilogy, Ruler Rebel, vividly depicts Adjuah’s new vision and sound, revealing him to the listener in a way never heard before by way…

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John Nastos Quartet — FREE

February 21 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Art Bar, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
John Nastos

Sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

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Reggie Houston Duo

February 21 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Porter Portland, 1355 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Reggie Houston
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Integer Trio — FREE

February 21 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Porter Portland, 1355 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Integer Trio
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$29.50 – $59.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

February 21 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a multiple Grammy Award-winning 16-piece jazz orchestra, comprised of a Who’s Who of New York City’s finest musicians. The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966. The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever. From the very beginning,…

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$10

Mel Brown Organ Quartet

February 21 | 8:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Mel Brown
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Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra

February 21 | 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Art Bar, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra

Sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

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$29.50 – $39.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Aaron Diehl Trio

February 21 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Aaron Diehl

Widely acknowledged as a modern master in the aftermath of his acclaimed 2012 Mack Avenue debut, The Bespoke Manʼs Narrative, 29-year-old pianist/composer Aaron Diehl ups the ante with the 2015 release: Space Time Continuum. Diehl first documented his inclusive, across-the-timeline conception on the self-released late ʼ00s albums Live At Caramoor, a solo date on which he navigated the stride piano canon with deep assurance, and Live At the Players, on which he applied a broad lexicon of piano trio vocabulary to a program spanning classical music, bebop and the blues. On The Bespoke Manʼs Narrative, Diehl presented original music drawing on antecedent bandleader/composers like John Lewis and Duke Ellington for strategies that facilitated individualistic performances from his unit of A-list peers. On Space Time Continuum,…

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Dan Balmer Quartet — FREE

February 22 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Art Bar, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

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Tom Sandahl Duo — FREE

February 22 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AC Portland Downtown, 888 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Tom Sandahl
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$44.50 – $74.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents The Creator Has A Master Plan: An Evening with NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders

February 22 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Pharoah Sanders

“I may be a man of few words to some, but the music I’ve produced ‘says it all.’ I am deeply grateful and humbly moved to be acknowledged and honored for the embodiments of my jazz works which has lasted for over more than a half century.”  NEA Jazz Master, Ferrell “Pharoah” Sanders, is a legendary jazz saxophonist who has shown a remarkable facility performing in a variety of styles—from free to mainstream—displaying what has been called “hard-edged lyricism.” Emerging from John Coltrane’s groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders is known for his distinctive sound. His work embodies the spiritual foundation of avant-garde jazz and he has shaped his own sonic world that encompasses the primal wails and fierce energy of late Coltrane and the stomping…

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$10

Tony Pacini Trio

February 22 | 7:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Tony Pacini
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$20 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival Presents New York State of Mind: Kendra Shank

with Randy Porter and John Stowell

February 22 | 7:30 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Kendra Shank

“Kendra Shank sounds like sunlight shining through a stained-glass window, her crystalline tone illuminating each song. Working her voice like a horn, she phrases inventively, whether crisp and sizzling or sensuously smoky. She’s definitely an original.” — Patricia Myers,  Jazz Times  “Imaginative and daring.” — Steve Futterman,  The New Yorker  Kendra Shank‘s  seven CDs have won numerous “Best of the Year” citations, a New York Times  “Critic’s Choice,” Downbeat  poll recognition, and accolades for her “delectable voice” (Terry Teachout,  TIME  magazine) and  “breathtakingly original concept based upon open-ended bandstand interaction” (Andrew Gilbert,  Boston Globe).  Born in California to an actress mother and playwright father, she was on stage at age 5 and began her music career at 19, busking in  Parisian cafés  as a folk singer-guitarist.  A decade later her passion turned to jazz…

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$8

Adebisi & Tribe Mars

February 22 | 8:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Adebisi
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$12

PDX Nightcap — OG McTuff with Jon Ostrom Band

February 22 | 9:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
OG McTuff with Jon Ostrom Band
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King Louie Trio — FREE

February 22 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States
King Louie Trio
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$35.50 – $45.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents The Bad Plus

February 22 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call “avant-garde populism”, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio” (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. 2018 heralded a new and exciting chapter for the band consisting of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) — a group of passionate collaborators with…

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$20 – $25

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Natalia Smirnova

February 23 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Natalia Sminova

Natalia Smirnova is a piano player, singer, composer, arranger and band leader. Her eccentric manner of playing, described as powerful and energetic, is wonderfully combined with lyrical pianism. Natalie boasts a unique voice and is a truly diverse and creative artist. A talented composer of original music and an arranger of all-time hits, Natalie enchants the audience with her impressive vocal range and her extraordinary mastery of the piano. She finished a musical college in classical piano and then went to St. Petersburg to study at the jazz department of the University of Culture. In 2005, Natalie moved to Moscow and started singing. She collected a quartet including guitar, bass and drums to tour Russian regions and participate in jazz festivals. In 2006 she was…

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Chance Hayden Solo — FREE

February 23 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Spencer, 409 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Chance Hayden
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Double Legacy: free film night and panel discussion

Sponsored by the Bright Moments Fund

February 23 | 5:00 pm
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street
Portland, 97209

Join us in honoring the lives and work of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Art Blakey with a panel discussion and series of films. Sponsored by the Bright Moments Fund created by Roberto Lovato and Laura Golino de Lovato. The Case of the Three Sided Dream (5:00–6:30pm) Bright Moments! Remembering Rahsaan Roland Kirk panel with Dorthaan Kirk, Betty Neals, Todd Barkan, moderated by Larry Kelp (6:45–7:45pm) Our Father Who is Art Blakey: Live at the Keystone Korner video short (8:00–8:10pm) We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told (8:15–9:15pm) Want more Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Art Blakey? Join us the following night, February 24 at Revolution Hall for celebrations of their work by Steve Turre and the Eulipeon All Stars and The Messenger Legacy. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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$29.50 – $49.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Patrice Rushen Trio with special guest Ernie Watts

Steppin' into Tomorrow: Farnell Newton plays Donald Byrd

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
Patrice Rushen

Multi-Grammy nominated artist Patrice Rushen is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry.  Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the Peoples Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief.…

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David Friesen & Bob Ravenscroft — FREE

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Portland Piano Company, 8700 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220 United States
DAVID FRIESEN AND BOB RAVENSCROFT

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$10

Devin Phillips Band

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Wilfs Restaurant, 800 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Devin Phillips
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$8

Korgy & Bass and Cameron Morgan Group

February 23 | 8:00 pm
White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
Korgy and Bass
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Mitzi Zilka & Tony Pacini — FREE

February 23 | 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Benson at The Palm Court, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Mitzi Zilka
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$12 – $15

Blue Cranes & Methods Body

February 23 | 9:00 pm
Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States
Blue Cranes
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Dan Faehnle Trio — FREE

February 23 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Dan Faehnle
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$12

PDX Nightcap — Trio Subtonic + Outer Orbit

February 23 | 9:30 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
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$35.50 – $45.50

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents New York Calling: Eric Alexander Quartet featuring Harold Mabern

February 23 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
Eric Alexander photo by Jimmy Katz

Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist  Eric Alexander  has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson–the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers,…

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Mary Kadderly & Dan Gildea — FREE

February 24 | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Nel Centro at The Hotel Modera, 1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$15 – $20

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Greg Goebel

February 24 | 1:00 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States

“Goebel deserves all the praise hereabouts. He’s a burner!”  — George Fendell/JSO “Greg Goebel is one of about half a dozen pianists that are redefining the instrument, the literature and the useful purpose of the piano and doing it with the skills of a master.” 5 Stars! — Brent Black/@CriticalJazz From straight ahead jazz, funk and pop, to the avant-garde, Greg Goebel is considered one of the Northwest’s first call pianists. Praised by critics for “manifesting his ideas with the immediacy and sureness of a master craftsman” (Jazz Times) and as “a force that is stretching known boundaries and moving the music into new territory” (Larry Koonse), pianist Greg Goebel shows himself as firmly rooted in tradition while simultaneously proving to be a unique voice among a new generation. Greg Goebel…

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